Here's a report at NBC 4 Los Angeles, "Costa Mesa Gun Show Draws Long Lines, Demand for Ammunition." And see ABC News 7, "Costa Mesa gun show organizers: Ban talks boost business."
I arrived about 10:30am. The lines were long --- I heard people saying they waited an hour to get in --- but moved quickly by the time I got up there. And it was a diverse crowd, defying liberal stereotypes of California progressivism:
I would have loved a couple of beers at the beer gardens, but I was driving. Maybe next time. I'll make it a family affair and the wife can drive:
A banner for Crossroads of the West, the outfit that holds some of the big Southern California gun shows.
A man was showing off accessories. I have no clue the model of that gun, but it looked formidable:
My favorite shirt, which I tweeted from the fairgrounds:
Lots of historical weapons and paraphernalia. Here's a "Gettysburg 1863" (a Colt .45, I think):
I'm not sure this gear from Imperial Germany and Nazi Germany was authentic:
Although this knockoff U.S. Army gear from WWII looks pretty cool:
These WWWII rifles were totally authentic. Remington and Winchester and lots more at a huge dealer's counter:
Lots of humorous signs available (and there were loads of anti-Obama stickers as well):
One of the ammunition dealers:
And this is the line for ammunition outside the exhibition halls. High demand:
Here's a couple of Smith & Wesson .45 caliber guns on the right, and that's a .40 caliber at the upper left. The dealer was Quantico Arms and Tactical Supply out of Oceanside, near Camp Pendleton:
They also had this Glock 10mm:
Heading out from the fairgrounds, here's the beautiful country barn. The fair holds cow milking demonstrations every July:
And here's some earlier reporting at the Los Angeles Times, "Security boosted for Orange County gun show," and "Ammunition shortage could draw crowds to O.C. gun show."
I felt reassured about American liberty while attending. Gun enthusiasts are salt-of-the-earth Americans, the kind the Democrat-Media-Complex rarely discusses, lest such patriots upset the progressive narrative.
UPDATE: Linked at Blazing Cat Fur. Thanks! And also at lgstarr, "Fabulous gun show photos."
Also picked up by BadBlue.
More linkage at Lonely Conservative, "No Matter the Issue, the Media Frames It on Their (And the Democrats') Terms." Thanks!
Still more! Bill Quick links at the Daily Pundit, "Screw Limp Dick Gun Control Marches." Thanks!
Hey, here's looking for a Memeorandum link out of this one!
Also, Doug Ross and Marooned in Marin link. Thanks.